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FISO is 20 Today!

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FISO is 20 years old today - https://www.fiso.co.uk/20th-anniversary ... arch-2020/

FISO's forum was first started in Aug 2001 (originally on pipsuite and then a new one created on phpbb on 1 May 2005 with this phpbb forum starting in Oct 2005).

The 1st email newsletter I sent out was on 28 Feb 2001 (with a list of the Fantasy F1 games launched).

To commemorate the big birthday, any suggestions for a favourite Fantasy Football XI team line-up using any EPL players from the last 20 years (that are not playing in the EPL now)? Any team without Henry in it is disqualified (as per the original 10 commandments which was the 2nd ever post on this version of the forum).

Suggestions for players:

the 3 Bs - Bergkamp, Beckham & Bale
the 3 Cs - Cantona, Cole (Andy & Ashley)
the 3 Hs - Henry, Hazard & Harte
the 3 Rs - Riise, Rooney & Ronaldo
the 3 Ss - Shearer, Suarez & Scholes
also what about Drogba, Gerrard, Giggs, Pires, Lampard, Le Tissier (on pens) & Zola?
best 3 letter striker - RVN or RVP or would you have both up front with Henry?
Best goalie - Cech or Schmeichel (the elder) or maybe Seaman from the '1-0 to Arsenal' days?


Or suggestions for a Fantasy FISO team? (murf and blahblah up front for me with Groomyd and Dot in centre midfield along with Surprised and then 'Head Mod' Vid in goal and 5 Mods in defence - Zimmerman, Spencer4, Jester, Spinynorman and Stemenia - to deal with the fall out from Groomyd and Dot).

Or most popular Fantasy Football term (such as 'Form is Temporary, Class is Permanent' or 'Embrace The Tortoise' or 'It's a Marathon not a Sprint' or 'Carlos Kickaball' etc) or most interesting or weird forum post (such as The 9 Lives of a FISO member or Will it take off?)?

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Happy birthday!

Not sure I'd want to see Dot and Groomyd in the same midfield. I would pay handsomely for a ticket to see them in a midfield battle on opposing teams. No shinpads.

Always loved "embrace the tortoise" especially when balanced by "transfers are like gold dust but points are gold dust". Sadly neither apply as much in these dumbed down days of overly generous transfers in TFF etc or FPL's communist state controlled weekly rationing.

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Happy Birthday FISO!

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Happy Birthday. Thought it was nice that FISO had a facelift just before turning 20!

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Happy birthday to us all.

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Congrats and many thanks, Chris 👏👏👏

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Cheers Chris for providing the platform for us all to share our collective wisdom.

All the very best to everyone on board.

Is anybody currently drinking anything? :mrgreen:

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Happy birthday FISO! I didn’t discover it until a few years after that, but with an original October 2005 registration date on this incarnation of the forum I’m certainly “old guard” in that sense.

I remember when 5000 posts was a major milestone, and AJC (who then started a new account) and Madchester (the original, not the conspiracy theorist seen more recently, unless they’re one and the same?) were the first to get there. Now murf is closing in on six figures!

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Happy birthday to us

The London Eye was 20 yesterday too

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Post by Smurphy's Paw »

I’ve always had a soft spot for this one:

10. Thou shalt remember that all commandments are there to be broken


Happy Birthday All

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Happy birthday, given me a lot of pleasure over many years, sadly don't post these days but do miss the banter on here

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Smurphy's Paw wrote:I’ve always had a soft spot for this one:

10. Thou shalt remember that all commandments are there to be broken


Happy Birthday All
That one is one of my proudest achievements on here Image

Think I also wrote the Thierry Henry one.

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Happy birthday Fiso and congratulations Chris (admin) on being way ahead of the game in setting up this forum. I joined when it was the old pipsuite board and the biggest posters at the time were (the original) Madchester and Groomyd, followed by Striker and an upstart called murf. No one had reached anywhere near 1,000 posts.

There were a lot more non-fantasy threads in those days with people discussing all sorts of irrelevant stuff. There was the classic Will it Take Off thread, and the one about a young woman falling asleep on me during a transatlantic flight ran for several months. Happy days (both on fiso and the flight :wink: )
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I honestly cannot recall when I joined. I'm in the 2005 gang but suspect it was before that. Like many I suspect I have had my disappearances but very much here at the moment.

I turned the big 50 on Saturday. QPR rewarded me with a win (with 10 men!).

Happy birthday to us all.

(and Spiny, I am enjoying a rather nice Chardonnay, just for a change)

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Happy birthday FISO. This place here is truly mi familia. I drop out of seasons, or try other forums, but this is the home I come back to. Thank you Chris.


Happy birthday to you Raoul. Have a super year...

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Yay happy (belated) birthday!!! This is nice to read. :) Thanks for having provided us with this wonderful board and attracting many beautiful and smart people.

Enjoy your fifties, Raoul!

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forestfan wrote: 10 Mar 2020, 21:09 Happy birthday FISO! I didn’t discover it until a few years after that, but with an original October 2005 registration date on this incarnation of the forum I’m certainly “old guard” in that sense.

I remember when 5000 posts was a major milestone, and AJC (who then started a new account) and Madchester (the original, not the conspiracy theorist seen more recently, unless they’re one and the same?) were the first to get there. Now murf is closing in on six figures!
I thought it was one and the same Mad.

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Happy Birthday FISO :D

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Many Happy returns FISO (prounounced F-eye-So)

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A little late, but Happy Birthday Fiso... and may I say its outrageous not to put me in the Fiso XI ;-)

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Karrde wrote: 14 May 2020, 10:00 A little late, but Happy Birthday Fiso... and may I say its outrageous not to put me in the Fiso XI ;-)
Nice to hear from you again! Hope we don't have to wait another 3 years for your next post? Going to take you a long while to finally reach the 20k mark.

P.S. Don't Stormtroopers normally play for the opposition?

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And get us a poker table set up while you’re here :wink:

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Stormtroopers enforce the law, everyone else is the opposition!

The Fiso poker flag is still flown every year at the APAT Team championships. Sometimes we do alright too :P

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21 Today !!! Many happy returns FISO. All fully grown up now.

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Thanks for reminding me!

Still quite immature at 21. Will fiso ever grow up?

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Post by wahine »

Is anybody currently drinking anything? :mrgreen: :lol:
Happy Birthday FISO🍺🍻🍹🥂🍷 .

My FISO 12th Anniversary is in July - Twelve Years!!! :shock:
I often wonder about those Fisoérs that were posting regularly back then, and looking out for a "What ever happened to :?: " thread.

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Karrde wrote: 15 May 2020, 09:42 Stormtroopers enforce the law, everyone else is the opposition!

The Fiso poker flag is still flown every year at the APAT Team championships. Sometimes we do alright too :P
Karrde, another one who suddenly disappeared, at least to my knowledge!!!

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I think this is my 20,000th post, so happy 21st FISO, may the force be with us for another 21 (at least!)

Actually, one out... but 20,001 to celebrate 21 I guess works :wink:

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Malrom wrote: 11 Mar 2021, 09:03
Karrde wrote: 15 May 2020, 09:42 Stormtroopers enforce the law, everyone else is the opposition!

The Fiso poker flag is still flown every year at the APAT Team championships. Sometimes we do alright too :P
Karrde, another one who suddenly disappeared, at least to my knowledge!!!
Well, he appeared increasingly infrequently over the years... I now have more posts than him, I guess as a Stormtrooper he couldn’t switch to the light side and attain the Jedi rank!

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Just makes me realise how young I was when I joined FISO 19-20 years ago.....

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